Suspended Kevin-Prince Boateng missed a classic UEFA Champions’ League night in Madrid following his side, Schalke’s thrilling 4-3 victory over the defending champions in their own backyard.
Boateng who also sat out Schalke’s 3-1 victory over Hoffeinheim in the Bundesliga on Saturday, received his third yellow card of the 2014/15 European term in the first leg back in Germany on February 18 and missed one of the most memorable nights in Schalke history.
Such was the heroics of their victory at the Santiago Bernabeu but Schalke still nevertheless failed to beat Real to the sole quarter final ticket available from their last 16 tie, their 0-2 loss at home three weeks ago proving decisive over two legs.
5-4 on aggregate Madrid squeezed through to the quarter finals for the 5th successive season, whilst Schalke were made to savour a rare but brave victory that’s sure to leave Roberto Di Mateo’s side wondering what could have been.
Schalke’s Dutch striker, Klass Jan Huntelaar scored twice on his return to his former club for the German side which twice in the first half took the lead but were pegged back on both occasions by the headers of Cristiano Ronaldo.
Madrid would lead for the only time in the game after 52 minutes following Karim Benzema’s close range finish but Schalke soon drew level through the excellently curled volley of 19 year old Leroy Sane five minutes later.
Klass-Jan Huntelaar, back at the club where he scored 8 goals in 20 La Liga games during the 2008-09 season, put Schalke on the brink of a famous result with a screamer that cannoned in off the crossbar on 84 minutes.
4-3 Schalke led with five minutes left and within a goal of qualifying on the away goals rule but Madrid held on to edge through.
Elsewhere, Porto dumped FC Basel out of the competition with a 4-0 thumping at the EstÃ¡dio Do DragÃ£o to qualify on a 5-1 aggregate. Follow @thedonplato
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